Professor Abigail Perdue launches new blog on pedagogy, TeachLawBetter.com

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Abigail Perdue posing outside the Worrell Professional Center

Professor Abigail Perdue

In August 2017, Professor Abigail Perdue launched a new blog, TeachLawBetter.com. It is dedicated to celebrating experiments in pedagogy and facilitating the free exchange of innovative law teaching ideas. Teach Law Better.com features a collection of posts intended to encourage more effective teaching. For example, Professor Rosa Kim of Suffolk Law School authored a blog discussing the importance of active learning, while Professors Joe Fore (University of Virginia) and Emily Grant (Washburn) shared insights regarding how to “reset” a classroom. Professor Perdue and Mike Garrigan (JD ’19) related stories of the educators who had had the most profound impact on their lives and how law professors could emulate their approaches to teach law better.

Professor Perdue is an Associate Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. In addition to teaching a variety of experiential courses, her passion for education propels her career forward. In 2017, she launched TeachLawBetter.com in response to law schools across America implementing exciting curricular reforms aimed at teaching law students how to put legal theory into practice. TeachLawBetter.com aims to promote meaningful discourse among educators, employers, and current students surrounding innovation in the classroom.

 Professor Perdue currently teaches Legal, Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) I and II, Appellate Advocacy, Diversity and Discrimination, Introduction to American Law, and Judicial Clerking. She is the founding director of the Wake Forest Law in Washington Summer Judicial Externship Program and Assistant Director of the Law School’s Metropolitan Externship Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest, Professor Perdue practiced employment law at the New York City office of Proskauer Rose, LLP. She also taught courses, including Diversity and Discrimination in Employment and Higher Education, Genetics, Law, and Policy, and Cases and Controversies in American Law, at Washington and Lee University and School of Law. In addition, she clerked for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Perdue is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

While at Wake Forest, she has published numerous law review articles and scholarly essays on various topics, including pedagogical innovation, animal law, and gender discrimination. Her first book – Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide (with Dr. Randall Lockwood) – is available from Purdue University Academic Press. Her latest book – The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking – became available in April 2017 from WestAcademic Publishing. Professor Perdue has also contributed pieces to national publications and presented at conferences across America. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute’s New Member Outreach Committee and as a member of the Editorial Board of The Second Draft, a publication of the Legal Writing Institute.